Mark Hollenbeck

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

A uranium mining company, Powertech, has spent over a decade seeking permits to extract uranium from the Inyan Kara aquifer in the Southern Black Hills near Edgemont.

The Environmental Protection Agency just wrapped up several hearings in and around the Black Hills on permits for the project.

Officials with the company say 20 percent of electricity in the US is nuclear energy powered by imported uranium.

Uranium Mining Debate

Nov 18, 2013

The State Water Management Board is considering a proposal by a uranium mining company to use water from a set of Black Hills aquifers. The state Board of Minerals and Environment has postponed its hearings on a contested uranium mine in the Southern Black Hills. Officials with the State Department of Environment and Natural Resources say the board will not rule on the application by Powertech Mining until other state and federal agencies have given approval. For Powertech to begin mining both the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and U.S.